DETROIT, MICH (WXYZ) - The North American International Auto Show closes in Detroit and it's smiles all around!
Attendance is the reason for those grins that put this year's auto show as the best since 2005. The total number of car gazers this year is 770,932. Last year, there were only 735,370 people that went to see the cars.
More people also attended this year's Charity preview bringing in more than $3 million that will benefit children who need it.
Chairman of the NAIAS Bill Perkins sums it all up, "Everything that could go right, did." He adds, "People want to feel good again about the industry, which is now obviously in a better place than it was a few years ago. As a result, this year's show was a 'must-see' event, as the attendance numbers indicate."
NAIAS Vice Chairman Jim Seavitt echoes that sentiment saying there were more that 40 products unveiled during the show and points out, "NAIAS is positioned along with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Beijing and Tokyo because of the number of journalists who attend, and the number of worldwide product unveilings we host."
The last day of the show Sunday saw 101,141 come to the see the exhibits. That's significantly better than last year's final day which only saw 98,106 who came out.
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